Adding maps to the 64
Garmen have their own maps that are pretty good. Sadly they are pretty expensive as well. (on my Edge 705 I had bought their Topo France 25:000 but not once did I have update, and of course their maps are for a one machine only so when I sold the 705 the map went with it) no way of transferring to my other GPS.
So this time I decided to try the Openstreets that I was seeing on all the forums, basically its maps that are updated in real time by users like myself and maybe you .
So here where : http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
So when this link is opened you’ll see this, this is the easy peasy part
Tick which style of map you want, I chose the second option ‘Generic Routable (new style)’ as after a couple of tests, this seems the best for me, walking, hiking etc (the third option, seems to be for those who bike.
Here’s the full description Map types given by Openstreets
The map type to choose depends on your intended use for the map. Make sure the radio button for your map is selected or click the radio button to select it.
Now choose from the six pop-up what country you want to download, You can see in my example that I’m downloaded France, and all of France in one go, on the 64 there plenty of room (SD Flash needed…)
If you are reading this and have a smaller GPS, a Edge 520 for instance that doesn’t have enough room then you’ll have to use the third section ‘Perhaps you’d like to add some additional tiles?’, and choose what part of the country you need. it’s fairly obvious how to do it, except that your will leave and email address and you will receive a link to download the part of the country that you had chosen.
Link too a site that explains far better than me for the Edge 520 installing maps
Anyway back to France in one go, once chosen in the pop-up menu, you can then click on Download map now! and it will take you to a new page.
To be honest the easiest way is to choose the ‘OSM_generic_new_windows.exe’, the ‘osm_generic_new_windows’ being the name of the map you chose to download
What they don’t really explain is that included with this .exe is the map, hence the size being the same as the gmapsupp.zip for instance
As I wanted to add this map to Garmin Basecamp (pretty useful to see the maps and check your traces) The .exe download is perfect
Once downloaded (which takes quite a while) run the .exe under admin (right-click with the mouse and run as Admin) and with Basecamp CLOSED.. this will then add the map to Basecamp and after you can use Basecamp to install the map on the 64 or any other garmin devices that allows you to install maps.
Open Basecamp (you did close it didn’t you…) and now on the menu bar / maps you will see your map or maps in my case.
From here you can install the map on the SD Fash , by choosing the line install maps, the following window will give you the choice of what maps to be installed if like me you have several. Use the personalise button to choose which map to install and also which map to be kept, or not at the same time and hit continue then install
This will install the maps on the SD Flash, I couldn’t get the choice of of how to install in the internal memory
This will take a while so go and drink a coffee, when finished reboot your 64 and you should find the maps nicely installed Map/menu/setup map/select map …
The other way but this will not install on Basecamp is to download the ‘osm_generic_new_gmapsupp.zip‘ file, when downloaded dezip it and drag and drop the gmapsupp.img file to the internal drive on your 64.
So there you go, it’s fairly easy to do all this, be careful when trying many times, all the files have basically the same names, so tidy up before re downloading otherwise it gets confusing
Openstreet update all the time their maps (unlike Garmin) , so don’t hesitate to do this regularly especially if you are like me and add tracks, paths, to https://www.openstreetmap.org I recently added a path that was missing in my village, its now are the latest version of the map, that’s nice to see.
As soon as I can I’ll add more tips…. Questions ?, just leave me a comment
Links to useful sites that I’ve read concerning either the 64, or Openstreets